Gurley missed his second straight practice on Thursday with a foot injury that he has been receiving treatment for.
“We left him back,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters following practice in California. “He’s getting treatment on the foot right now, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
Fisher was then asked if Gurley would have to practice on Friday — the last real practice session of the week — to be able to play in Sunday’s game.
“No,” Fisher said. “He doesn’t.”
The Rams coach said Gurley hurt his foot near the end of the Rams’ 23-17 road win against the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. Gurley was sore afterwards, Fisher explained, and then woke up sore the next day.
The Rams (7-8), who need a win over the 49ers (4-11) to reach the .500 mark for the first time since the 2006 season, have leaned heavily on their first-round pick to boost an offense that has struggled to generate much of a passing attack all season behind Nick Foles and Case Keenum.
While the Rams’ offense ranks last in the NFL in total yards and passing yards per game, St. Louis ranks eighth in rushing with 121.7 yards per game on the ground.
The primary reason for that is Gurley, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2015 Draft. He has rushed 229 times for 1,108 yards, a hefty average of 4.8 yards per carry, and 10 touchdowns.
Gurley’s 1,108 yards rushing are the most by a Rams running back since Steven Jackson rushed for 1,145 during the 2011 season.
The Rams may have tipped their hand in terms of Gurley’s availability for the season finale by signing undrafted rookie running back Malcolm Brown from the practice squad on Thursday.
Brown had some impressive moments during the preseason but has remained on the team’s practice squad all season before Thursday’s promotion. With Gurley ailing, the Rams would likely turn to Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham to handle the running back spot but may be interested in giving Brown a chance to show what he can do.